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Rotorua's Go By Bike Day rolls around for 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

GBBD CBOP 2020 (4) (c) Roger Whitefield_WaiBike

The annual Go By Bike Day is back on Wednesday, February 24, and Sport Bay of Plenty is encouraging people of all ages to swap their car trips for a bike ride and discover the benefits of cycling.

Go By Bike Day includes pitstops around Rotorua offering free refreshments and spot prizes for those out biking.

Sport Bay of Plenty recreation team connector Lizzy Gaston said Go By Bike Day was a fun morning event that encouraged everyone to get on a bike.

“Many of us may have reconnected with our bikes over lockdown and got out to explore our neighbourhoods on two wheels," Gaston said.

“If you’ve fallen out of that habit, Go By Bike Day is a great way to get back biking because there will be lots of other people out and about and plenty of encouragement from fellow riders, Sport Bay of Plenty and the Rotorua Lakes Council Safe and Sustainable Journeys team,” she said.

Gaston also noted the numerous health and transport benefits that come with biking.

“Riding to work or school, or just for fun, is a great way to improve your heart health, joint mobility and mental wellbeing.”

Five Go By Bike Day pitstops will be operating across Rotorua on Wednesday, February 24, between 7-9am:
• Corner Lake Road and Railway Road/Ngongotahā Trail
• Ranolf Street, opposite Guidough’s Bakery (130 Ranolf Street)
• Junction of Te Ngae Road shared path and Te Ngae to Long Mile shared path, nearest to Puarenga Stream bridge/Te Ngae Road underpass
• Corner Morey Street and Basley Road, Lynmore
• Pukuatua Street shared path, next to Kuirau Park car park (new Saturday morning market location).


Share the commute on a bike train

This year participants can share their Go By Bike Day commute with friends old and new thanks to the 4 Corners Commute event hosted by the Council’s Safe and Sustainable Journey team. Head along to one of the meeting points throughout the city and join the bike train into town.

All rides will go via a Go By Bike Day pitstop:
• North: Ngongotahā to city via Ngongotahā Trail. Meet at Tui Street car park at 7:45am.
• East: Lynmore to city via Te Ngae Road shared path. Meet at Te Ngae/Iles Road lights at 7:45am.
• South: Hemo to city via Fenton Street shared path. Meet at Hemo roundabout underpass (at the sculpture) at 7:45am and at the corner of Fenton Street and Ward Avenue at 8am.
• West: Edmund Road to city via Linton Park/Mangakakahi Stream Trail. Meet at Edmund Road junction of the trail at 7:45am.
• South-West: Springfield to city via old Taupō Road and Ranolf Street shared paths. Meet at Springfield dairy at 7:45am.

Ride leaders will be wearing pink hi-vis vests.


Caption: Clement Holgate from Evo Cycles chats to a 2020 Go By Bike Day participant. Photograph / Roger Whitefield

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